I've been served by hundreds of waiters and waitresses over the course of five years as a food writer in Orange County. Most encounters are unremarkable, and that's a sign of good service in my book. We once had such an inattentive waiter at the now-shuttered Carino's that I actually covered for the deadbeat, stacking plates to the side and filling up water for the table after we finished our meal.
The staff at Morton's have always been my favorite for their continual crumb-catcher action and willingness to ply customers full of onion bread, but it's a server at the new Slater's 50/50 in Lake Forest who'll go down as the best waitress I've yet encountered in Orange County. A big shout out to Nicole R. for her honesty, authenticity and
willingness to patiently help a couple of hungry customers in a packed